There is a way to tackle lower back pain with words. One doctor has said that one should not refer to their physical issue as an injury. One should refer to it as a recovery process. The words one uses has a big effect on how one's injury heals and even how it feels. One should not ask about pain. One should ask about progress. There are people with moderate conditions that are closing in on catastrophe, and a lot of it has to do with the words we use.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy is taking the place of MRIs in first-line treatment.
- The words used to describe oneself and condition affects one's perception, and are important.
- Lower back pain is the leading cause of worker disabilities.
"What is said to a worker grappling with lower back pain has the potential to lead to a better outcome, according to experts who say the workers compensation industry is moving away from immediate medical imaging and surgery toward conservative care that starts with words."